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Toronto Trip Info

posted Sep 22, 2015, 8:58 PM by Eric Drew   [ updated Sep 22, 2015, 9:04 PM ]

Dear Whalers,

As I hope most of you have already heard, the NBHS Band is planning a trip to Toronto during this year’s April vacation (April 21-24).  The planned trip will last for four days and three nights, and will include a concert band festival with national-caliber judges, a visit to Niagara Falls, and visits to other attractions close to Toronto.  

The final cost for this trip will be between $700 and $750 per person.  While this is a considerable expense, students will be given ample opportunities to fundraise and I can tell you already that after only two fundraisers so far this year, several students have fundraised most or all of the cost of their trip.  We will continue running fundraisers throughout the year in order to give students the opportunity to defray as much of their trip cost as possible.  In addition, for students who have made a significant effort at fundraising, but may still be short of the entire cost of the trip, the band boosters have set aside some funds to be allocated as scholarships.  These will be awarded on a case-by-case basis so please speak with me by phone or in person if you would like to attend this trip but would need a scholarship to do so.

In order to confirm our trip with the travel agency and begin the lengthy process of school-committee approval, we need commitments from students and family members who would like to come on the trip[1]. Because of this we are asking that anyone interested in the trip submit a $50 deposit by Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 and an additional $150 in payments by October 27th.  Once we have confirmed the final number of travellers, a $100 will be due on the last Tuesday of each month through the month of March, or until students have enough money in their fundraising account to pay the remaining balance on their trip.

If not enough students place deposits for the trip, then all deposits will be refunded and we will plan an alternate day-trip for this year at a significantly lower cost.  We feel very strongly that trips of this nature are exciting educational opportunities for students and can be excellent motivators for band members, but we do not want to place an undue financial burden on students and families.

As always, if you have any questions, or would like more information about this trip, please contact me by phone or email, or stop by the band room at the end of a rehearsal.  I hope that we can work together to make this wonderful travel opportunity possible for our band students.

Yours in music,

Mr. Eric Drew

All family members traveling with the band must be appropriately background-checked through the School Department.

For travel to Canada, students under the age of 16 must present original or copy of their birth certificate or other proof of citizenship.  Students ages 16 through 18, when traveling with a school group, will be able to enter with originals or copies of their birth certificates or other proof of citizenship. It is also suggested that all students carry a photo ID of some kind.  See Department of State website at